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Gold near 8-month low on fears of hawkish Fed, weak physical buying SINGAPORE: Gold edged higher on Monday as Asian equities tumbled but the metal continued to struggle near an eight-month low due to weak physical demand and fears the Federal Reserve may signal an early interest rate increase at this week's policy meeting.The Fed meeting may be pivotal as it debates a potential overhaul of its guidance on interest rates and seeks to nail down a plan for quitting its extraordinarily easy monetary policy.Investors will parse the US central bank's words closely for any clues on the timing of the first US rate rise in more than eight years. An announcement is expected on Wednesday at the end of the two-day meeting.Any increase in interest rates would hurt non-interest-bearing gold and boost the dollar."The (Fed) meeting this week will dictate price action for the precious metals," said Samuel Laughlin, a metals dealer at MKS Group."Market consensus is for a June 2015 ...

Thailand, Vietnam to supply 500,000 tonnes rice to Philippines MANILA: The Philippines' grains procurement agency said on Monday that Thailand and Vietnam would supply a total of 500,000 tonnes of rice under government-to-government deals, with Vietnam cutting its price to match Thailand's offer to secure part of the deal. The shipment of the 25 percent broken grain, due to arrive between Oct. 15 and Dec. 15, would boost stockpiles in the Philippines, one of the world's biggest buyers of the grain. The government has ...
China iron ore, steel bounce after losses; gains seen temporary SINGAPORE: Iron ore and steel futures in China rose on Monday as firmer spot steel prices spurred a rebound from a recent string of losses, although the recovery is seen fragile amid growing signs of weakness in the world's No. 2 economy.The most-traded iron ore for delivery in January on the Dalian Commodity Exchange was up 1.4 percent at 597 yuan ($97) a tonne by midday after rising as high as 605 yuan earlier.The January ...
CBOT corn to may fall to $3.31-1/2 SINGAPORE: CBOT December corn may fall to $3.31-1/2 per bushel, as it has resumed its downtrend after a moderate rebound to the Sept. 12 high of $3.44.The rebound was triggered by a support at $3.36, the 176.4 percent Fibonacci projection level of a downward wave c that started at the Aug. 28 high of $3.70.With corn having approached this support again, a break will be highly likely.The next support will be at $3.31-1/2, the 200 ...
Tokyo futures up on Chinese data, weaker oil still weighs BANGKOK: Tokyo rubber futures ended higher on Friday on the back of rising Chinese new loans, but persistent fears of weak demand and easing oil prices capped the gains, dealers said.The Tokyo Commodity Exchange rubber contract for February delivery rose 2.3 yen to settle at 190.2 yen per kg."TOCOM got support from rising loans in China, but concerns about weak demand also lingered and weak oil prices were an additional negative factor," said a Bangkok-based ...
Iron ore prices hit lowest since 2009 as oversupply woes linger SINGAPORE: Iron ore prices fell on Thursday to their lowest since September 2009, extending a losing streak into a third day, amid abundant supply and slower growth in Chinese demand that have seen the steelmaking commodity lose nearly 40 percent in value this year.The weaker steel market in China, the world's biggest consumer and producer, is also a major strain for iron ore, with slower consumption prompting steel mills to cut prices for next month.Iron ...
Palm rises to over 3-week high on export jump; investors wary of swelling stocks KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian palm oil futures rose to a more-than-three-week high on Thursday, lifted by hopes that demand might be picking up after a jump in exports, although caution over palm stocks that have swollen past 2 million tonnes kept a lid on gains.Shipments of Malaysian palm oil products surged about 40 percent in the first 10 days of September compared to the same period in August, cargo surveyors reported, after the No.2 producer said ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 17,279.74 0.08
Arrow Nasdaq 4,579.79 0.30
Arrow S&P 2,010.40 0.05
Arrow FTSE 6,837.92 0.27
Arrow DAX 9,799.26 0.01
Arrow CAC-40 4,461.22 0.08
Arrow Nikkei 16,321.17 1.58
Arrow H.Seng 24,306.16 0.57
Arrow Sensex 27,090.42 0.08

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